Term 5, Bargue Drawing, Week 1

Week of Nov. 8, 2021

3 min readNov 15, 2021


For a description of this unit see my Bargue Drawing unit plan. For full context, see the description of my Art Home School Curriculum.


I didn’t accomplish much this week for the amount of time I put in, but I expected that because layering up even values in graphite is a slow process, and I’ve never done it before. I was also working vertically for the first time (I bought a new easel).


This was another reduced week because of longer work hours. I’ll have some vacation coming up for the holidays so I’ll be able to make up for lost time.

Drawings and Critiques

Monday, Nov. 08

Value scale.

Yes, this took 3 hours. I just got the first layers down, and they mostly look the same so far.

Tuesday, Nov. 09

Value scale, and new easel.

The values from 5 to 9 look pretty similar in the photo. I probably need more range between them. I really like the easel. You can get really close to the drawing without bending over. My shoulder started to hurt after several hours, but after I concentrated on relaxing it, the pain stopped.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Finished value scale, and start of a sphere.

I could have spent more time evening out the values in 3 and 4. 5, 6, and 7 have some dark spots that stand out as well.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Finished sphere and beginner Bargue drawings.

After I did my best to copy the eye on my paper, I traced mine so I could check it against the original.

Friday, Nov. 12

Bargue eyes, and block-in of the Psyche de Napoli Bargue plate.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Psyche de Napoli Bargue plate.

I really messed up the shadow value when I first put it in. I tried using a blending stump but I went 2 directions instead of one, and it made terrible smears all over. It took about 2 hours to get the value as uniform as it is here, which still isn’t very uniform. Also it’s a little too dark for a first layer.

Sunday, Nov. 14

Drawing for gouache portrait.

Not quite ready to paint yet, but getting close.